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Who said that the originally proposed CAFE’s 62 mpg is hard to achieve in 2025? Just look at the new 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid. Toyota claims that the 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid will provide a fuel economy of up to 107 miles per gallon.
Not only the 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid provides superb fuel return, it also charges the battery very fast. According to Toyota, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicle can be fully charged in approximately three hours from a standard 110-volt electrical outlet, and in 90 minutes with a 220-volt connection. The 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid can travel in pure electric up to 13 miles with speed exceeding 62 mph. It is uses a compact lithium-ion battery pack to power an electric motor. Once the battery juice is low, it reverts to hybrid mode.
Toyota claims that the Prius PHEV provides a fuel return up to 128.4 mpg UK (about 106.9 mpg US) along with CO2 emissions of 49 g/km based on the European cycle, and that is about half of the standard Prius model.
“While some debate the relative merits of electric cars, the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid offers drivers the best of both worlds; extended EV driving range for shorter journeys in towns and cities, while the efficient hybrid petrol engine gives the car un-compromised long range capability and the very low fuel consumption of the standard Prius,” said Toyota.
The 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid will make its debut Frankfurt Motor Show on September 15th, and it will go on sale in Europe and select U.S. dealerships in 2013.